Selling your home with the holidays on deck means you may need a crash course in how to decorate your home for the holidays without turning off buyers. It’s hard to argue with the fact that glitter lights and colorful accents make a home look more cheerful and inviting. But you also probably know that if you’re trying to sell your home, buyers need to have an easy time imagining themselves (and their own holiday traditions) in your home.
You don’t have to ditch the holiday decorations altogether. But you shouldn’t hang all the boughs of holly, Christmas lights, Hanukkah menorahs, and every holiday card you receive, either. So how do you walk the line during these merry months and let the holiday spirit flow without turning off buyers? Read the tips below:
1. Depersonalize the decorations
It’s important the design appeals to as many different home buyers and tastes as possible. The seller’s personal life should not be prominently featured throughout the home. Less is definitely more when it comes to holiday decorations while selling your home. Enhancing the features of the home versus adding all the bells and whistles will keep buyers on track.
2. Consider the neighborhood
But if your neighborhood is ablaze with holidays lights, which enhances the neighborhood’s values and attract like-minded buyers, then you don’t want to be your block’s resident Grinch. If your neighborhood is festive during Christmas, then a buyer would expect Christmas decorations at your home. On the other hand, if you live in a politically correct neighborhood with a mix of religious beliefs, use more generic decorations to promote season’s greetings rather than your specific holiday.
3. Here are some decorating tips:
Avoid the kitsch: Inflatable snowmen, reindeer on the roof or a gazillion angels flapping their wings
Classic is always best: Hang an elegant wreath on the front door
Don’t overdo lights: Simple white lights can add a festive touch without blinding buyers during walk-throughs.
Skip the tree: You can’t win with a tree. If it’s too big, it distracts viewers and can make the room seem small.
Choose scents over scenes: The smell of simmering cider or baked cookies will delight the senses more than garlands strung over everything that doesn’t move.